Shepparton News

Talent won’t take back seat

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SYDNEY: Photograph­er Georgia Brogan has been named winner of the City of Sydney’s 2021 Australian Life photograph­y prize.

A media arts student at UTS, Ms Brogan, 19, was unanimousl­y awarded the $10,000 prize for Youth , an evocative back-seat portrait of her 11-year-old sister taken in the Blue Mountains during COVID-19 lockdown in 2020.

Sydney-based, the youngest entrant in the competitio­n, captured the image of her sister from the front seat of the family car after their father had driven them to the main street of Blackheath so she could shoot some images.

‘‘I often bribe my sister to come along for a photograph­y ride in return for trampolini­ng time with me,’’ Ms Brogan told AAP shortly after Thursday’s online announceme­nt by Sydney Lord Mayor Clover Moore.

The image was not preplanned.

‘‘We were in the car and the lights were hitting at good angles and it was a foggy night, which certainly helped with the moodiness,’’ she said. At the time the photo was taken, MS Brogan was enrolled in a law degree.

‘‘I’m now doing a film degree, so winning the award is confirmati­on that this is the right path for me,’’ she said.

‘‘It’s a huge confidence boost.’’

Playfully responding to a question about how she might celebrate, Ms Brogan said she might nip to the local pub for a take-away margarita.

The $5000 People’s Choice award went to Elise Derwin for her photograph It Always Rains Before Kick Off, taken shortly before the Tiwi Islands’ 2021 Aussie rules grand final clash.

More than 3000 votes were cast by members of the public, with 332 of them voting for Ms Derwin’s image, in which a young boy lifts his face to the rain as players prepare to start the game behind him.

Guest judges were National Geographic photograph­er Michaela Skovranova, Magnum Photo Agency member Trent Parke and actor, singer and author Justine Clarke.

They selected 28 finalist images — and the overall winner — from almost 2000

entries.

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